Angela Terese Monteleone-Specht of Ocala, Florida, passed on February 21, 2021, after a hard battle with cancer and, recently, Covid-19. She was born on 12/4/44 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the fourth child of Emilia and Philip Monteleone. Brothers, Gaetano and Gregory, and sister, Marie Grace, have preceded her in death. Angela adored her parents and siblings.
Angela is survived by her loving husband, William J. Specht. She married William on May 9, 1970, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Brooklyn, NY. Last year was their 50th anniversary. They have happily spent the past ten years or so with family and friends in Florida.
Angela has four sons, William, Thomas, Nicholas, and Philip Specht, and three daughters-in-law, Wendy, Claire, and Beth. At the time of her passing, she was the proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren, Zachery, Kristina, Jackie, Jacob, Josh, Chase, P.J., Noah, Lucy, Samuel, Benjamin, Natalie, Lyndsay, Melanie, and Sydney, and 2 great-grandchildren, Darnell and Jacob — all of whom she loved dearly.
Angela grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, attending Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School and Cathedral High School. She later attended St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY, but graduated from Wilkes College (Wilkes-Barre, PA), summa cum laude with an art degree.
She was an avid artist almost her entire life, creating numerous and lasting works of amazing creativity and beauty. She was particularly fond of painting landscapes and trees. And was also an accomplished sculptor. She had several art shows over the years and produced new artwork almost to her very last days.
Although her passion was art, Angela was most dedicated to her family. She was a wonderful mother who worked many jobs to give her children the best life she could. She put herself through a lot for her kids. Her home was full of life and was a happy one. She was also a caregiver for many of her relatives, spending long years tending to her father, her mother, her sister, and even her cousins, as they grew older and required her assistance in their later days. She selflessly gave everything she had to her family, often at great cost to her own finances, well-being, and health. She was adored by her many nieces and nephews as their “cool aunt” and sometimes a second mother. She did everything she could for them whenever she was able and loved them as well.
In the end, without question, Angela had a full and happy life. Her happiness, in great measure, originated from the manner in which she gave herself away for others. She will be remembered by all who knew her.
Funeral and mass services are tbd and will be provided in the near future. Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd. Ocala, FL 352-236-7813